Lines of Thought –Three-Dimensional Threads for Textiles with Michael Brennand-Wood


Saturday 22 July, 11-5, £120 includes a light lunch

Hosted by Michael Brennand-Wood

Descriptively, a thread is a long, thin, cylindrical strand of cotton, wool or synthetic fiber used in embroidery, weaving, spinning or sewing. It may also refer to a theme or narrative running through a story or novel. Within computing terminology it describes the linking together of separate elements and messages. A thread is also the ridge on the outside of a metal screw or bolt; it facilitates the joining of two parts together. Threads have therefore both a practical and descriptive dimension; they unite materials, create surfaces and combine ideas and themes together, allowing connections to be made between disparate sources. The majority of threads used in textiles are still to a large extent sourced from shops and other suppliers. I have always been of the opinion that a personal or adapted thread facilitates a more expressive constructional starting point at the onset of a textile process.

This one-day workshop will focus on the creation of a bespoke collection of three-dimensional lines and threads. Participants will create a personal vocabulary of expressive linear experiments that may well become part of future works. Technically we will look at twisting, binding, joining, collage, elasticity, knotting and tension. Conceptual sources will include references to selected artists who’s work has a distinctive linear approach, object writing, calligraphy, ideograms, graphic scores and rhythmic imagery derived from the musical and natural world.

Participants will be encouraged to develop original solutions in relation to the core aims of the workshop; this is not a technical or prescriptive course.  Emphasis will be placed on the investigation and research of personal imagery and the development of related technical innovation, ideas that can be developed at a later stage. 

At the close of the workshop I would like to have a short group evaluation to discuss what has been achieved. The purpose of this final session is to share results and to set a personal agenda as to what might be continued and developed back your home studios.

For this class you will need:

  • Frame i.e. old picture frame or similar to stretch lines/threads on whilst you are working on them, so it can be rough.
  • A collection of linear materials, that you enjoy using and which are relevant to your investigation e.g.: wires, threads, string and wool, fabrics, paints, drawing media, a personal paint/work/tool box.
  • Camera/Phone to record work.
  • Some basic tools, scissors, needles, paint brushes etc.

This workshop has 8 places available. 

162 Archway Road 
N6 5BB

Tube: Archway and Highgate
Buses: 134, 43, 263
Free Parking after 12 o'clock on Langdon Park Road next to the shop.

image: New Worlds-Red Mist 2015 91cm diameter x 5cm deep Hand & machine embroidery, interlacing, fabric, collage, animated tape, text, braids, acrylic on wood base, Michael Brennand-Wood